This is an installer package for
the game Lifeforce Tenka a.k.a. Codename Tenka (1997) which will
allow it to be played on modern versions of Windows, with easy to use
desktop and/or start menu shortcuts and an uninstall option for quick
removal. It uses DOSBox Daum running Windows 95.
Controller support is included
via Antimicro (can be disabled or configured via the launcher), with
joystick to emulated mouse input as well as a couple additional
mappings (based on a 360/XB1 controller):
Trigger | LMB = Fire Left Trigger | Space = Jump RB | RMB =
Select Weapon / Interact LB | Lshift = Run Left Stick | WASD =
Move Right Stick | Mouse = Aim Left Stick Button / B Button |
Ctrl = Toggle Crouch Start = ESC D-pad = Arrow keys (for
menus) A Button = Enter (for menus)
The keyboard controls are
customized (not default) and the controller support settings are
based on these controls, so be aware that if you change the keyboard
controls, you'll need to change the mappings accordingly in
Antimicro. You can do this from the launcher, though be aware that
the controller must be connected when starting Antimicro in order to
make any changes.
ASuite is a lightweight,
open-source, portable launcher which is included to allow you to
start the game, choose some configuration options, and access the
manual and this readme.
I do not recommendinstalling into your Program Files folder. This can cause write
access problems when you need to save your game. C:\Games\Zomb's
Lair\Lifeforce Tenka is the default path, but anywhere other than
Program Files/Program Files (x86) is fine.
Be aware that you'll need a
moderately decent CPU for the game to run well with the included
default settings, which function as a “medium” quality setting.
Please read the below thoroughly as you may want to make some
adjustments depending on your hardware.
Lifeforce Tenka is very
CPU-sensitive and will run faster or slower depending on the DOSBox
configuration used and the resolution used in-game. The
default configuration and resolution included are for 640x480 at 65k
colors. If you play the game and it's running well, consider changing
the resolution to 800x600 at 65k colors in-game (options menu >
configure screen) and changing to the 800x600 configuration in the
launcher. If the default settings are performing poorly, try changing
the resolution to 320x240 at 256 colors in-game and changing to the
320x240 configuration in the launcher. Do not change
the resolution without also changing the configuration or vice versa
because, if you do, the game will run much too fast or slow depending
on the combination. I was unable to play the game at a good speed at
higher than 800x600 resoltion even with the DOSBox cycles set to max,
so I didn't include a configuration for higher values. It needs to be
said that the configuration values aren't completely perfect, there
will still be slight variations in speed on occasion depending on
what's happening on screen, but the included values minimize this as
much as possible.
When you're ready to quit the
game, exit the game normally via the menu, then shut down the
computer via the start menu. You'll then be prompted to press Ctrl+F9
to exit. Do not press Ctrl+F9 before this otherwise you'll
risk losing data and it will run a scandisk operation the next time
the game is started - just like a modern PC, this is like pulling the
power vs shutting down properly.
Zomb's Lair is a passion project
dedicated to bringing old classics to a modern audience, while
eliminating all of the hurdles that that normally entails.